Choosing the best mop for tile floors will depend on which type of mop you are most comfortable using. Their are four different types of mop that are all excellent options for tile floors: a traditional mop, a spin mop, a steam mop and a scrub mop. In this Home Flooring Pros guide we will take you though each type of mop, explain the pros and cons of each and then show you which is the best mop in each category. We’re confident by the end of this post you will be ready to buy the best mop for you and your tile floor! So let’s get going…
Best Traditional Floor Mops
There’s nothing fancy about these mops or how they work, and that’s exactly what many users like about them. To use, you wet the mop in a pail of water and cleaner (optional), wring it out and go to work.
Traditional mop pros: The best wet mops are familiar, easy to use and get the job done. Learning to control the amount of water left in the mop head takes just one or two uses. There is no gadgetry, so they aren’t prone to breaking or malfunctioning. Traditional mops offer you options of the classic cotton mop head, yarn or today’s newer fiber heads.
Traditional mop cons: A plus for some is a negative for others – there’s nothing fancy about these mops. They work reasonably well on all floor types, but given the shape of the head, make it difficult to get into corners without wetting several inches of wall surface too. More moisture is likely to stay in these mops than in the better spin mops. That’s not the issue on tile it would be on hardwood or laminate, but if you want your floors to dry quickly, this might not be your tool of choice.
Top Floor Mops
In our testing, two top mops stood out:
This mop is widely used and highly rated for its features, with a few caveats, that include:
- Lightweight handle (but this also means that it isn’t a heavy-duty mop)
- Adjustable, collapsible handle with full extension to 56” (that taller users might find a bit short)
- Head can be machine washed up to 100 times
- Suitable for hardwood, vinyl and linoleum as well as all types of tile
- Microfiber cloth head is very gentle on all flooring types
- Refill heads available
- Quite affordable at +/- $20
- Good for use on tile because: The mop can be left fairly wet for removing tough dirt and dried messes, since water isn’t a threat to tile, or it can be spun quite dry for light cleaning
This mop costs less than the O-Cedar Microfiber mop ($14-$17) and gets equally high reviews from users. Our specific pros and a few cons include:
- Grip on the handle reduces slippage
- Machine washable head
- Self-wringing design that is quite smooth (but doesn’t get the head as dry as you might like for wood/laminate floors, and it absorbs excess water slowly)
- Can be used dry as a duster for cabinet tops and other high spots or to remove cobwebs from upper corners
- Dries quickly
- And excellent value
- Good for use on tile because: Moisture control, works well dry when dusting is all that is needed.
Best Spin Mops
These are systems that include a mop handle, replaceable mop head and a bucket. The “spin” refers to the centrifugal wringer that is part of the bucket. It rotates at high speed to spin water out of the head. Depending on the system, the spinner is activated with a hand lever or foot pedal.
Spin mop pros: As complete systems, they come with everything needed to get to work. Most are easy to use, and the result is a mop head left as wet or dry as you want it once you get familiar with controlling the time and speed of the spin. Many spin system mops have triangular-shaped heads that are better for getting into corners than traditional mop heads.
Spin mop cons: The only serious drawback of spin systems is that more moving parts vs. a traditional wringer means more can go wrong. The spin mechanisms vary in quality and functionality too. If you already have a mop bucket with a wringer, you might not want to spend the higher amount to get a complete mop system.
Top Spin Mops
These three spin mops stand out in a crowded field:
This is a top seller because O-Cedar is a trusted brand and this model gets high marks for its features:
- Built-in, hands-free wringer operated by a foot pedal
- Absorbent microfiber head is soft enough for all tile surfaces
- Excellent build quality provides smooth performance and durability
- Easy control of moisture level for cleaning and floor requirements
- Spray contained in the bucket during wringing
- Fairly priced mop refills
- Good for use on tile because: The sturdy handle allows you to press harder to remove tough dirt; absorbs excess water quickly to avoid slips on tile
A full complement of tools and accessories is included in this package, so it is a top choice for those who want an all-in-one product. It’s what makes the Linkyo mop system a nice gift for those moving into their first apartment or home. Top features include:
- 2 microfiber heads, 1 chenille mop pad, 1 scrub brush and extension handle
- Stainless steel spin basket and handle
- Push handle for wringing (which means more bending than when using a foot pedal wringer)
- Very good quality throughout
- Swivel wheels
- Drain hole and plug
- Splash-guard for mess-free wringing
- Electrostatic microfiber heads suitable for dusting as well as mopping
- 2-year warranty with registration
- Good for use on tile because: It includes versatile tools for electrostatic dusting and light to heavy cleaning
This complete system is used in tens of thousands of homes, and it gets outstanding reviews. It includes a lifetime warranty as well as:
- Hand-wringing action using the mop handle, so no pedal or bending
- Metal spinning axis for strength and durability
- No wheels or pedal which the seller markets as plus since there are fewer moving parts to break (but this means you should pick it up to move it rather than risking scratches to the floor by dragging it)
- 54” handle, which some will find shorter than preferred
- Absorbent, washable microfiber mop head
- Can be used dry for dusting and picking up pet hair
- 180-degree pivot and 360-degree spin
- Very affordable replacement mop heads
- Good for use on tile because: Can be used as a duster, and absorbent heads reduce standing water and streaks
Best Steam Mops
Steam mops include a water reservoir, internal heater and pad for picking up dirt, debris and hair. The vast majority of them include a power cord rather than rechargeable battery.
Steam mop pros: A steam mop is a great solution for those who want sanitizing clean without the use of chemicals. Pads give you the ability to scrub dried stains after moistening them with steam. Most include machine-washable pads.
Steam mop cons: They cost two to six times what other mop types cost. The internal heater on some models is susceptible to failure, though it is the only reason to choose a steam mop. They’re heavier than non-powered mops, and the power cord may get in the way and must be relocated as you move from room to room. Don’t expect a steam mop to remove tough grout stains.
Top Steam Mops
Two names lead the field: Bissell has a long-standing history of making quality products while Shark is a relative newcomer that gets rave reviews for quality and performance.
This is one of the first steam mops on the market and remains one of the highest rated for features such as these:
- Kills 99.9 percent of germs, both viruses and bacteria with heat, not chemicals
- Adjustable scrubber provides cleaning flexibility and strength on tough dirt
- Variable steam control (Low, Medium, High) gives you options for cleaning power and refill frequency
- Febreze fragrance discs included for use, if you desire
- Superior build quality to most steam mops including the Shark S3501
- Designed for use on all hard flooring including hardwood floors that have been properly sealed (though we recommend using the system on Low or using another cleaning option)
- Removable tank is easy to fill (distilled or demineralized water is recommended for all steam mops)
- 23-foot cord
- Good for use on tile because: Steam heat is safe for tile, and it reduces the need for scrubbing that can scratch tile and for chemical use that might stain grout; steam levels allow for customized cleaning
- Sanitizing steam available in 30 seconds
- Kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses
- Large, double-sided, pocket-style cleaning pads are machine washable
- More water capacity than previous Shark steam mops
- Convenient filling flask, though tank not removable
- Pivoting head (older Sharks did not pivot)
- 20-foot cord
- Less than 5lbs (compared to the 8.3lbs of the Bissell)
- Good for use on tile because: The lighter weight and good balance makes cleaning less arduous; the pivoting heat is excellent for cleaning tile toe-kicks
Best Scrub Mops
Scrub mops are scrub brushes on a handle. Tough bristles or a pad combine with your efforts to do the work.
Scrub mop pros: Most have swivel heads to reach out-of-the-way places. Handles are typically strong and durable unless excessive force is applied. When “elbow grease” is the only way to get rid of hardened dirt and stains, a scrub mop is the best mop for the job.
Scrub mop cons: A swiveling head can be annoying when you want to work the mop in a single, firm direction. Handles can bend or snap with extreme force, and they’re typically shorter than standard mop handles for this reason. Chemical sanitization is required, as it is with all mops other than steam mops.
Top Scrub Mops
Here are the two best scrub mops and what they offer.
Libman No Knees Floor Scrub
Here are the reasons to consider this scrub mop:
- Dense bristles on a 13”x5” scrubber reduce the effort you have to supply
- Scrubber swivels 360 degrees
- Pointed front allows for scrubbing into corners
- Steel handle is 45” to reduce bending (but the longer the handle is, the more susceptible it is to force)
- Just 6.4 ounces
- Head pivots side to side (which some won’t consider a plus)
- Good for use on tile because: Bristles are hard enough to do the job but not so hard they pose a threat of scratching tile and grout
An extendable handle is just one of features you’ll get with this scrubber mop:
- Durable steel handle extendable from 26” to 42”, so it works well on tile walls as well as floors
- Soft grip on the handle is comfortable
- A microbial scrubbing pad rather than bristles
- A pointed front for reaching into corners
- Can be used on glass and fiberglass if gentle pressure is used
- Replacement head #12133800 is available
- Good for use on tile because: The head pivots front to back rather than side to side, so it is excellent for getting into recessed grout lines; it won’t scratch tile
Which of these do you consider the best floor mop? Is there another mop you like better? Let us know in the comments below.